Fascism, Deception, and Rationality
Earth Manifesto Insights
Dr. Tiffany B. Twain
Jefferson said, "The price of freedom is eternal vigilance." Our greatest protection from the tyranny that
is subtly encroaching upon us is NOT in the defensive and offensive
weaponry that we amass, but rather, in the words of Abraham Lincoln, "in
the preservation of the spirit that prizes liberty as the heritage of all men,
in all lands, everywhere." When we
allow freedoms to be taken away and the rights of others to be trampled upon,
we embark on a slippery-slope course that facilitates rigidity of culture,
anti-democratic suppression of opposition, intolerance of deviation from
doctrine, and blind obedience to authoritarian rule.
unsustainable credit-driven boom and speculative excesses of the 1920's led to
the severe economic depression of the 1930's. During those challenging times, very high unemployment led to
extreme social unrest and a natural appeal of fascism, which is an "idealistic"
extreme right-wing political philosophy that promises security, stability,
certainty, identity, and the insidious illusion that the common people share
power with the controlling elite.
uses people's fear of internal and external threats to gain power. The fascism of Hitler's Germany and
Mussolini's Italy was discredited in World War II, at a terrible worldwide cost
of about 50 million dead.
September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks greatly empowered a
"neoconservative" agenda, which parallels the fascist model in its
methods of obtaining, expanding, maintaining and abusing power. The Project for a New American Century is the
figurative Mein Kampf of the neoconservative movement. It masquerades as an idealism that
essentially advocates an aggressive Manifest Destiny doctrine of American
supremacy. It says that worldwide
domination is the best way to make the world safe for American principles and
interests and global capitalism. It is
unfortunately a doctrine that in practice posits that almost any means
is justified to accomplish its ends, no matter how harmful, unethical, immoral,
anti-democratic, dangerous, or destructive these means are to people and the
future and the physical environment upon which we depend.
government and its right-wing cronies can be seen to be effectively channeling
the salient characteristics of proto-fascist regimes. To wit, they:
up patriotism and nationalism;
fear of an illusive enemy;
aggressively ramp up military spending;
to the corporate elite;
suppress the power of organized labor;
business and political bribery and corruption;
control the mass media;
relentless political spin, propaganda, secrecy, and disinformation;
smear campaign tactics and election fraud;
over crime and harsh punishment;
attack human rights and the sovereignty of other nations;
civil liberties under the guise of protecting national security;
embrace capital punishment and allow torture of prisoners;
themselves as staunch defenders of religion;
policies that are sexist, anti-abortion and homophobic;
on alienation and divisiveness; and,
(17) disdain intellectuals and liberals and
scientific understandings and the arts.
of the most significant characteristics of an authoritarian society is its
willingness to distort the truth and to simultaneously suppress dissent. History has shown that the greater and more
one-sided political power becomes, the more inevitable it is that scandal,
corruption and the abuse of power arises.
have great potential power. The pen is
occasionally mightier than the sword, and more enlightened progressive ideas
must eventually gain sway over wrong-headed neoconservative doctrines. My hope is that these Evolutionary Understandings and the whole Earth Manifesto will come to be seen as a powerful force that help
counter the wrong-headed ideas of neoconservatism. These writings are what I personally hope will spark an
intelligent and dramatic revolution in thinking and action in the United
States, and contribute to a needed positive transformation in our societies.
will it take to shake the U.S. loose from its domination by greedy and
reprehensible vested interests that are creating severely myopic government? How can we reduce the profligate waste of
taxpayer funds on pork-barrel projects?
How can we stem the flow of red ink?
How can we make our society more long-term oriented? How can we change our society in positive
way, and prevent it from being so socially irresponsible, ruthlessly partisan, dangerously
anti-progressive, smugly self-righteous, and hypocritically religious in an
unchristian kind of way? How can we
create a society that does not use terrifying fear-mongering tactics, and that
is not so aggressively militaristic and eager to allow war-profiteers to make
money at the expense of fairer goals?
How can we find a way to make our economy less dishonestly misleading
and ecologically foolish?
How, my fellow Americans, can we have fallen prey
to political leadership that is so pathetically wrong-headed and divisive and
disingenuous and dishonest and corrupt? What happened to the Republican decency that fifty years ago stood
for integrity, pragmatism, and thrift?
Why has it become sidetracked from its commitment to healthy community
and broad-minded education? Why has it
abandoned the idea that
must build and maintain a sound physical infrastructure? What about the important value of peaceful
have we let today's deceptive rhetoric become dominant? I refer to the rhetoric that says: Be optimistic and have faith -- trust us! --
let business regulate itself; just shop
and consume more for economic good times; support tax breaks for the rich so that they will trickle down to
the poor; there is no need to balance
our national budget, or to pay as we go; polluters should not be required to pay for clean-up costs for the
pollution that they cause; and let's
not harm our economy or the outlook for jobs no matter what impact this policy
has on the environment, on workers' health, on resource depletion, or on the
degradation of public lands.
has it come about that we give Big Business ever increasing subsidies and tax
breaks, and let it externalize so many healthcare and environmental costs onto
society? Why do we let logging and
mining companies have greater access to exploit our National Forests? Must we let mining companies drill for oil
and gas on all our public lands? Why do
we let the tiny snowmobile industry have such easy access to use their noisy,
wildlife-upsetting, polluting vehicles in Yellowstone National Park? Should we not pause and consider the common
sense in using up natural resources at the fastest possible rate?
we embrace scientific understandings, or go along with those who say that we
cannot afford to do anything about greenhouse gas emissions and environmental
toxins? Can we not find something more
intelligent and effective than abstinence-only programs? Must we not take a longer view of the
dangers caused by rapid population growth?
Our President is not God-approved, and he sure doesn’t represent any
sane idea of father-know-best. What’s
with the cowboy mentality, the dangerous "Bring 'em on"
attitude? Shouldn’t we challenge
fundamentalists who want to teach our children the narrow conceptions of Intelligent
Design rather than the elegant and evidence-supported understandings of
evolution? When will we officially to
reject the extreme prejudices of some against lesbians and gay men? Can we not have more a more reasoned and
intuitive approach to dealing with ecological challenges like deforestation,
fresh water waste, damages to fisheries and coral reefs, and the like?
can we not embrace a more christian attitude of loving our neighbors, or at
least sensibly having a Golden Rule live-and-let-live attitude? Can we not once and for all enshrine the
separation of Church and State in our Bill of Rights, and prevent the pious fundamentalists
from proselytizing for Jesus in our schools?
Can we not prevent people from being malicious toward those who do not
share our self-righteous beliefs? Can
we not officially accept that our nation’s ideals include compassion, honor,
noble purpose, and generosity, and not selfish righteousness, arrogance,
bullying, special privileges, envy, fear, distrust, hatred and violence?
is up to all of us to help figure out what we can do to best address these
deceptive ideas, and the daunting issues we face. We must drum up a groundswell of cultural creativity, effective
advocacy, and mainstream support to help actualize better strategies to ensure
that our societies progress in wholesome, sustainable ways.
one-party federal capitol, Washington, D.C., must be told that American
citizens demand better. We must cease
being blinded by the right, and courageously embrace constructive, progressive
a minimum, we should all consume more responsibly. We must not support extremism. Let us collectively engage, mobilize, and strive to influence
political decisions on local, state, and national levels.
to your Senators or Representatives asking that they enact bipartisan
initiatives that create fairer, more far-sighted policies emphasizing greater
environmental and social well-being. Or
send a letter to your local newspaper urging others to repudiate Big Government
intrusiveness, budgetary wastefulness, obscene pork-barrel deficit spending, or
whatever issues concern you the most.
Tell them how you feel about misguided domestic or foreign policies, or aggressive
militarism, or regressive social policies, or initiatives that restrict women’s
prerogatives, or ultraconservative judicial nominations, or right-wing extremism.
Help derail the irresponsible and
unsustainable juggernaut of radical ultraconservatism!
for considering these ideas! Whatever
efforts you make to help create positive change in the world, it is important
for our democracy. Our children, and
theirs, will appreciate any intelligent course adjustments that we make, and
the sooner we make them, the better!
--- Dr. Tiffany